SPARTA, Wisc. (WKBT) - The U-S Department of Energy recognized Gundersen Health System as an Energy Efficient Leader on Tuesday, July 23.
As part of the Department's Better Buildings Program, Gundersen Health System in Sparta received the recognition for their sustainability achievements.
The clinic surpassed its energy savings goal by 9% after being open just over a year, resulting in annual savings of nearly $70,000.
The building uses on and off-site solar panels to produce more energy than the facility consumes, and geothermal wells that heat and cool the building, making the Sparta Clinic energy independent.
Facility Operations Director, Alan Eber said, "This is really a continuation of the mission of Gundersen to improve the health and well-being of our communities. As a system we set out to be energy independent because we knew it was the right thing to do. It saves our patients money and it decreases the amount of harmful pollutions that we make because of our facilities."
The Gundersen Health System Sparta Clinic uses less than 50% of the energy of the average clinic.
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